Essaie V: Visibility (2015)

A short video essay on the politics of visibility in Wisconsin, where Scott Walker is working to dismantle the public education system. Coverage is from the Spaights Plaza protest on February 4th at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Quoted text is from a notice of guidelines to University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Faculty and Staff on political activities and the use of state resources.

This work was, of course, produced on my own time.

Essaie V: Visibility
February 2015

Essaie IV: Profession (2014)

https://vimeo.com/104206895

Family footage of my grandfather illegally hunting presses against my own profession as a film scholar.

Le Ziguezon Zinzon – La Bouteille Souriante
October (1928)
Electrocuting an Elephant (1903)
Footage of Sylvain Daigle

August 2014

Essaie III: Raspberry Cinema (2014)

https://vimeo.com/93989218

Test footage from the Raspberry Pi camera module intended to document the range and extent of the camera’s performance under controlled lighting settings.

Settings measured included sharpness, contrast, ISO, ISO at variable shutter speeds, saturation, and motion artifacts. ISO was tested at increments of 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, and then at 200 with variable shutter speed rates. Other settings were measured from negative -100 values in increments of 25 until a +100 value range with the exception of sharpness, which was measured in increments of 10 from 100 to 50.

Motion artifact testing was performed under a two light setup. The final shot is under a single light setup. All other tests were performed under a standard three-point lighting setup.

Special Thanks
Matt Smith
Emily Thompson
Kyle Crowell

Sounds
Digifish Music
Stormpetrel
Mallement
Dreamoutloud
Sazman

The Lumière brothers
Eadweard Muybridge
Étienne-Jules Marey

Funded by the Faculty Mini-Grant Program at SUNY Oswego

May 2014

Essaie II: Old Media (2014)

A short “essaie”. Footage shot in Rice Creek, NY, based on the quote: “Old media remediates new media.”

“Data” by Podington Bear

April 2014